This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the role of sport in helping East European Jewish immigrants during the first half of the 20th century adopt to American life. This book offers insights into early debate within the Jewish immigrant community about the propriety and purpose of sport and how to establish its attraction to second-generation youth. It discusses the reminiscences of former athletes about the role of sport, both as symbol and actual experience, in the ongoing process of assimilation.
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